2003 Ford Focus Overview

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Trims

LX
88 national listings
SE
Avg. Price: $5,607
SE Wagon
36 national listings
ZTS
53 national listings
ZTW Wagon
Avg. Price: $4,604
ZX3
Avg. Price: $4,895
ZX5
Avg. Price: $4,659

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45 stars

Based on 90 reviews

Brilliant Euro Hot Hatch by Shaun
 — Where can I start? The 2003 Focus ZX5 is a complete solid car that can bring joy to anybody. First, the performance: The 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, DOHC, Zetec engine produces 135 BHP and is fairl... Read More
A Great Beater, Or Family Car. Economical. With A Little Speed. by Richard
 — Was a cheap beater, got from my sister, it was driven pretty much 24/7 for 2 years. with virtually no maintence. a few oil changes, new plug wires, a thermostat, and tires. it's never failed to start.... Read More
Awesome Little Car by emgriggs887
 — Performance was a little weak with these cars, however, handling more than made up for the lack of horsepower, I could take sharp turns with a recommmended speed of 35 going 65 - 70 mph easily, buildi... Read More

2003 Ford Focus Overview

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2003 Ford Focus

The 2003 Ford Focus continued to struggle with the line's reputation for quality issues and recalls. Despite its somewhat checkered history, the roomy interiors, smooth handling, and affordable price of the Focus line continued to appeal to American drivers looking for compact family transportation.

Buyers had a choice of several trims: the SE line, available in four-door wagon and sedan body models; a four-door LX sedan; and the performance-enhanced Z-line, which featured a two-door ZX3 hatchback, a four-door ZX5 hatchback, a four-door ZTS sedan and a four-door ZTW wagon.  (The Focus was also offered as an SVT performance model, which you'll find elsewhere on this site.)

The standard models of the 2003 Ford Focus had a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder Zetec engine, which produced 110 horsepower; the Z-line models offered an enhanced overhead-cam version, which packed a more impressive 130 horsepower.  Still, it wasn't power that was going to draw buyers to this line; value was the watchword that Ford emphasized in its marketing, and value was what people responded to.  

The 2003 Ford Focus gives good value at the pumps, too, with 21-27 mpg city, 25-36 mpg highway. It may not set your heart aflutter, but it's easy on the pocketbook!

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Ford Focus Questions

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Why My 2003 Ford Focus Se Will Not Turn Over I Got New Battery And Starter

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Starter Clicks But Doesn't Spin

We have recently had alternator trouble (replacement installed), coil pack went out right after (replacement installed). Now the starter has started acting up, cranks fine most of the time. Howev...

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Mindy Kellogg
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I Want To Sell My 2003 For Focus, I'm Not Sure What To Ask For And Recently...

my car is in very good condition however I just found out that I have a negative report on a carfax, the car was considered totaled in 2010 for hitting a deer and the airbags being deployed, KBB is $2...

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My 2003 Ford Focus 3rd Brake Light Wont Work And I Replaced The Entire Bar ...

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Ford Focus Zx3 Camshaft Belt

I have an 03 FFZX3 that I bought used with approx 125K miles. The maintenance book from Ford suggests that at 120k the camshaft belt should be replaced. The quote I got from a local Ford dealership,...

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